A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America

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Macmillan, Sep 2, 2003 - Social Science - 398 pages
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A riveting account of a skinhead killing and a chilling look at the world in which it happened

On November 12, 1988, a group of Portland, Oregon, skinheads known as East Side White Pride met for an evening of beer and racist banter. Later that night, they encountered three Ethiopians; a street fight broke out and Kenneth Mieske brutally beat Mulugeta Seraw with a bat. In the early-morning hours, Seraw died.

Drawing on more than ten years of original research, award-winning journalist Elinor Langer takes the Seraw case as the occasion for a thorough investigation of the Nazi-inspired racist movement in the United States. She vividly reconstructs the world of the skinheads, both in Portland and nationally: their origins in the punk scene, their basement shrines to Nazi power, their moments of glory on Oprah and Geraldo. She delves into the long-standing radical groups with which the skinheads became allied, tracking the progress of such powerful figures as white Aryan resistance leader Tom Metzger through the stations of the far right, from the Birch Society to Christian Identity to David Duke's Klan. In gripping detail, she follows ambitious civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees's efforts to prove Metzger responsible for the Portland killing-a sensational campaign to curb the growth of neo-Nazism.

Compelling, disturbing, and important, A Hundred Little Hitlers is both an epic account of racism and justice, and a close examination of social forces that loom ever more dangerously today.
 

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Langer (Josephine Herbst) presents a detailed account of the 1988 murder of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Scraw in Portland, OR. Three young skinheads with ties to the white racist moment were ... Read full review

Contents

Ifs
1
About This Book
6
HISTORY
7
THE DEATH OF MULUGETA SERAW 4 The Skinheads Afternoon
9
The Death of Mulugeta Seraw
31
Engedaw Berhanu Gets the News
35
UNDERGROUND 12 A Skinhead Apartment
37
ARYAN UPDATE 19 Aryan Update
97
In the Skinhead Camp
227
Investigation
232
A Moral Panic
247
CAKES AND CAUSES 37 The Morris Dees Story
257
THE TRIAL OF TOM METZGER
302
The Setting
303
The Plaintiffs Case
309
Tom Metzgers Defense
335

A HUNDRED LITTLE HITLERS
98
Alliance
159
THE CASE AT LAW 31 Exclusion
207
An Empty Theater
219
Uproar
223
Decision
344
Curtain Calls
350
Ifs
361
Acknowledgments
383
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About the author (2003)

Author of the acclaimed biography Josephine Herbst, Elinor Langer has written for The New York Review of Books , The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. A Hundred Little Hitlers was chosen as a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award for work-in-progress. Langer lives in Portland, Oregon.

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